HC Deb 06 May 1920 vol 128 cc2262-3W

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Munitions whether it is intended, owing to the size of the Gretna factory, to work different portions of the factory alternatively; if so, whether this proposal will involve greater cost to the country than would be the case if the Waltham factory were retained?


As this factory it about to be transferred to the War Office, any question as to its future working should be addressed to the Secretary of State for War.


asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Munitions whether many of the buildings at Gretna are built on a foundation of peat, and have already given away; and whether he can give an assurance that all the buildings used for the manufacture of explosives in this factory will be able to stand the strain of continued work without considerable and constant reconstruction and repair?


While His Majesty's factory, Gretna, was under construction, subsidence was noted in several buildings. Action was immediately taken to remedy this subsidence and to prevent recurrence. The buildings have withstood the very heavy strain of War-time production for three years without further subsidence, and no future trouble is anticipated.


asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Munitions the total number of those now employed at Gretna factory, and also the number of ex-service men and the number of women employed there?


The total staff employed at Gretna factory, as on the 28th ultimo, was 1,140, of whom 154 are women and 356 ex-service men.

Factory. Situation. Men. Women. Total.
Ailsa Craig N.P.F Strand-on-the Green, Chiswick 1 2 3
Birtley Birtley, Co. Durham 98 7 105
Cardonald N.P F Cardonald, Nr. Glasgow 26 2 28
Hackney Marches N.P.F. Hackney Wick, E. 9 296 19 315
Hunslet Hunslet, Leeds 48 18 66
Lancaster N.P.F Lancaster 739 26 765
Mile End N.P.F Cardonald, Nr. Glasgow 14 2 16
Ponders End Ponders End, Nr. Enfield 46 4 50
Avonmouth Avonmouth, near Bristol 165 33 198
Billingham Near Stockton-on-Tees 30 6 36
Bradley Huddersfield 15 3 18
Cae Coch Mine Trefrew, N. Wales 1 1
Colnbrook Colnbrook, Middlesex 4 4
Craigleith Edinburgh 9 9
Ellesmere Port Cheshire 33 13 46
Gadbrook Northwich, Cheshire 19 2 21
Greetland Salterhebble, Halifax 50 6 56
Gretna Dumfries-shire 986 154 1,140
Hackney Wick London, E. 18 18
Irvine Irvine, Ayrshire 19 3 22
Langley Near Mansfield, Notts 7 2 9
Langwith Langwith, near Mansfield 53 12 65
Litherland Liverpool 7 4 11
Lytham Lancashire 8 8
Oldbury Oldbury 3 1 4
Penrhyndeudraeth North Wales 16 1 17
Queensferry Near Chester 364 18 382
Rainham Ferry Rainham Ferry, Essex 5 1 6
Sutton Oak St. Helens, Lanes 36 9 45
Swindon Swindon 129 8 137
Trumpington (Coprolite Workings). Trumpington, near Cambridge 13 2 15
West Gorton Manchester 1 1